‘Plats’ are serving dishes or platters, and ‘inox’ means ‘acier inoxydable’ — stainless steel. They are standard or classic serving pieces in Paris bistrots. One of the reasons why I went to Paris was to bring some home in a big suitcase.
I didn't buy them; they were a gift from CHM. He's a very generous man. He told me that these dishes were his mother's. She passed away nearly 40 years ago, if I remember correctly. CHM also said he would probably never use the platters and other dishes again, so he offered them to us.
You can be sure that we will use them. They will appear on our table on a daily basis from now on. Walt and I say a public thanks CHM for his generosity and for thinking of us when it came time to give up the stainless ware.
These platters and bowls are not only practical and unbreakable, but they are or soon will be antiques. They remind me of the hundreds of times over the past 40 years that I've had lunch or dinner in Paris restaurants and have seen these kinds of platters brought to the table.